PVAS's newest children's program for families is designed to help children explore nature throughout the year. Participants experience unstructured, but supervised, nature exploration and play in a variety of settings and habitats around the Eastern Panhandle. PVAS has an adult leader on each outing.
Each activity is appropriate to the time of year and habitat of the specific location. Programs are held in a different place, such as the C&O Canal, Yankauer Nature Preserve, Shannondale Springs, Eidolon Nature Preserve, or Flowing Springs Park. Families are encouraged to return at a later date to do more exploring on their own.
The program was first funded through a grant by the WV Division of Natural Resources. It proved to be so popular, that it has continued. New family events are posted on the Events Calendar so check back often for updates!
Preregistration is required and registrations are sometimes limited. Cost is $5 per child per session. For questions or more information about each event, contact Jan Hummer at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-839-5128.
If you would like to be a volunteer program leader for Outdoor Explore or have an idea for a natural area we should explore, let us know!
2014 Outdoor Explore Adventures
March 22, 2014, Run for Cover at Eidolon Nature Preserve, Morgan County WV, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
April 19, 2014, Hike The Hills on the Maryland Heights Trail, near Harpers Ferry WV, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
May 17, 2014, Muddy Sneakers at Stauffer's Marsh, Back Creek Valley in Berkeley County WV, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7, 2014, Creek Sneak, off Nedmonton Road, Berkeley County WV, 9 a.m.-12 noon